Frequently Asked Questions

What is Early Start?

Purdue Early Start is an innovative five-week opportunity for admitted students to complete up to 8 credits before the start of a student’s freshman year at Purdue. This program is designed to give students a jumpstart on their college career and out them on a pathway to success. Early Start occurs from July 8th to August 9th with move-in and orientation beginning on July 5th.

How do I switch to Early Start?

Students who have accepted their offer of admission for Fall 2019 may request to switch to Early Start by submitting the “Switch to Early Start” form under the Reply Forms tab of their admissions application portal (when logging in, use the email address you provided on your admission application, not your address). A screen shot is included below. If you have any questions, please email us at

Early Start form

What are the benefits of Early Start?

- Get ahead in your studies by completing up to eight credit hours. Students in many majors can utilize one or more future Summer Sessions to increase return on investment by graduating early. 

- Add a second major or multiple minors without increasing time to graduation.

- A more relaxed and intimate environment will provide students a chance to adjust to college living and to the rigor of college-level classes.

- Develop supporting relationships that will last throughout your time at Purdue.

- Opportunity to plan your summer and fall courses before the majority of the entering class on Monday, June 10th. 

What are the dates?

The five-week session spans July 8 to August 9 during 2019. Students participating in the residential and commuting programs will attend a free orientation experience from July 5th through July 7th.

Where will I live?

If you are choosing to live on campus, you will live in Earhart Hall during summer - you will have air conditioning! You must sign and complete both Fall and Summer housing contracts. Students will move into their fall rooms by August 5th to allow time to prepare space for the fall semester. Check out our housing page for more information. 

Students may also complete online coursework or commute from home.

Can I switch residence halls for fall?

Yes, all students will switch halls for the academic year. In order to switch residence halls, you must complete two separate housing contracts - one for summer and one for the academic year (Fall/Spring). Students will move to their fall assignment by August 5th to prepare your summer room for the fall semester. 

Can I participate in Early Start and still join a Learning Community (for example, EPICS)?

Yes, Learning Community placements will be made during May and your academic advisor will help you plan summer and fall courses on June 10th during STAR.

How much does it cost?

There is no additional fee to start during summer - you simply pay the traditional cost for tuition and fees while housing and 13 meals per week are offered at a discounted rate. You can find this information on the Costs and Aid page. Full-time tuition for two summers is equal to full-time tuition for one fall or spring semester so utilizing an additional summer to graduate early, when possible, is a great way to increase your return on investment during college!

Which courses will I take?

A list of course options is available here.  An academic advisor will help you plan summer and fall courses during STAR.

Can I have a job while doing Early Start?

Yes. Check out this website for links to popular on-campus employment sites. 

Do I need to register for STAR and/or BGR?

You will be planning your own summer and fall courses during Summer Transition, Advising and Registration (STAR). Students should attend STAR on Monday, June 10th. It is highly recommended to attend STAR on June 10th so you have ample time to purchase textbooks and prepare for summer courses. You are also expected to register yourself for Boiler Gold Rush (BGR) – Purdue’s orientation week that takes place between the end of Early Start and the beginning of fall courses.

May I have my car on campus?

During Early Start, yes you may have a car. Early Start students may park in University Residences lots until August 9th without a permit.  Students may also pay to park at meters across campus.  However, students will receive a ticket for parking in A, B, or C spaces without the proper permit. As for the fall and spring semesters, you will have to be put into a lottery for a parking permit as a freshman. More information can be found here.

Will I have help after Early Start is over?

Yes! Purdue’s Academic Success Center will be there for you to provide supplemental instruction (SI), Success Coaches, and your academic advisor will be available throughout your time at Purdue. Why should you attend SI during the fall and spring semesters? On average, 95% of students who attended SI session regularly (8 or more times) earned a C or better in the course. About half of those students earned an A or B.  89% of students also believed their course grade would have been lower if they did not attend SI. SI is extremely beneficial for courses such as biology, chemistry, and mathematics. Students also have access to academic coaches, peer mentors, and summer session staff throughout the year. 

How do I pay for tuition?

You can pay online at the Bursar's Office website. More information can be found on our Costs and Aid page.

What will we do for fun?

While focusing on academics is important, it's also important to have fun during college! Students completing coursework on campus will have the opportunity to attend campus events, enjoy the co-rec, and participate in activities hosted by University Residences. 

Who do I contact with other questions?

Please call us at 765-496-7237 or email us at

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